My wife and I are in that very emotional time of life when we send our kids out into the world. Our emotions are compounded in that both of our children leave the nest within two weeks of each other. My daughter heads to Long Beach where she will work and save money for grad school, and my son leaves for college in Canada. Our daughter left Saturday morning, so rather than walking back into our empty house, where we'd have to walk past her empty bedroom, we decided to get away for a night and a day. We ended up staying in San Jose, at the Dolce Hayes Mansion, a sketch I will post eventually here. We didn't actually eat at Henry's BBQ, but I just liked the look of the place.
It has been two months now since I began working at Fresno Pacific University. Here is a sketch of the seminary building on campus, which I see quite often. The seminary is part of the Mennonite Brethren Church. What I didn't know is that the church has three seminaries, one of which is at Trinity Western University, the school that employs my wife, and where my son will attend college.
What worked in the past does not necessarily work today. Even if the content or the principles have not changed, the methodologies must be continually evaluated and adjusted. Kids today have many of the same questions about life and the world that they have always had; but there are new questions that need to be addressed that we never asked our teachers. To be effective in education we need to have our ears and eyes attuned to the cultures in which we live.
There he is, Captain Kidd, had he been a concierge for Caribbean Cruises instead of a treasure seeking pirate. A kinder, gentler figure he is. Still the skull and crossbones topping his hat, but adept at customer service and always ready with clean towels and room service.
It's been so hot here in the Fresno area for so many days in a row that I decided to design my own hot weather suit. As you can see, it contains many useful features, including a global positioning tracking device if you happen to pass out from the heat in remote areas.
It's been a while since I've put out a drawing. I finished up a year of teaching, took a week vacation, and just finished my first week at a new job, working at a local university. This is the first time I've not been in a classroom in something like 25 years. The weather has been scorching hot, usually around 108 degrees, which makes our pool feel like bathwater and our grass feel like velcro. So, to get my mind on cooler things, I decided to draw a welcome sight on hot days in Italy- a gelato joint. How wonderful it sounds, even now.
Here is a sampling of some greeting cards I put together recently. They are good quality blank cards. These happen to feature the city of Fresno, but I also have cards featuring nice little spots in Europe as well. I think I'll get these organized and try to sell some around town and perhaps online if some interest is shown. If nothing else, I will enjoy using them myself for thank you cards!
Life is full of changes, and it seems like our family is on the brink of so many right now. You just feel like you are settling into normalcy, and then it happens again, and again. Being comfortable with change is a rare attribute, and maybe not even admirable much of the time. I am happy to see my kids moving on with their lives, taking up challenges, becoming independent. Things will never be as they once were, but new adventures lie in front of us, and I want to enjoy right where we're at now as long as I can, and feel the excitement that's coming in the lives of our kids right around the corner.
C. T. Studd left behind a huge inheritance, athletic fame, and a life of privilege for a life of hardship, persecution, and poor health while serving the people of China, India, and central Africa. Like Moses, who rejected the prestige of the Egyptian court, he rejected the short-lived pleasures of this world and saw ahead to a higher calling and reward with one who sits enthroned above all earthly kingdoms.
My son asked me to compose a song, so here is one of my first attempts, based on the life of C.T. Studd. It's called "Come With Me."